Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Please note: Schedule is subject to change.

8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration/Hospitality Desk Open
(3rd Floor – outside the Regency Ballroom)

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Convention Store Open
(3rd Floor – outside the Regency Ballroom)

Reynolds photo

Jason Reynolds (Photo Credit: James J. Reddington)

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Union Room
Opening General Session featuring Keynote Speaker Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences. He is the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include Stamped, When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor.

12 – 1 p.m.
Outside Exhibit Hall, Regency Ballroom
Book Signing with Jason Reynolds

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Room
OLC Awards and Honors Luncheon*
Join us as we recognize the extraordinary people and organizations that make Ohio libraries the best in the country. Meet these innovative leaders and learn more about their outstanding achievements.

*Pre-registration required. Additional fee: $40/person

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Wednesday Session Descriptions

photo of Dr. Jeffries

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries

3 – 4 p.m.
Union Room
General Session featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Hasan Kwame Jeffries is associate professor of History at The Ohio State University where he teaches courses on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement. Jeffries’s current book project, In the Shadow of Civil Rights, examines the black experience in New York City from 1977 to 1993. During this session, he will talk about the African American experience from a historical perspective and why it is important to confront the painful parts of U.S. History.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Wednesday Session Descriptions

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Marion Room
OPLIN Update
Get the latest information from the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) during this annual update to the public library community. Everyone is invited to attend.

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Outside the Delaware Room
New Members Meet & Greet
The OLC Membership Committee invites all new OLC members and first-time attendees to a special reception at the Hyatt on Level 2, outside the Delaware Room. Come join us!

Expo photo

Reconnect with your colleagues during the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception on Wednesday evening. This event is included with your Convention and Expo registration.

5:15-6:15 p.m.
Outside Exhibit Hall, Regency Ballroom
Book Signing with Hanif Abdurraqib

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Regency Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
Explore the region’s largest marketplace of products and services for libraries. Reconnect with your colleagues and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and entertainment.

8-10 p.m.
Meet in Hyatt Regency Lobby
Columbus Ghost Tour*
Take a spirited stroll through the city’s center and learn what unearthly things are said to lurk within downtown Columbus’ most iconic buildings. This is a private, 90-minute outdoor, walking tour (approx. 1.5 miles).

*Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Additional fee: $35/person (non-refundable).

photo of person and downtown skyline at night

The Columbus Ghost Tour will be held Wednesday night from 8-10 p.m. You must pre-register for this event.

8-11 p.m.
Taft A Room
Board Game Gallery

Enjoy a laid-back evening with friends. An assortment of board games will be available.

9-11 p.m.
Delaware Room
Buckeye Battledecks!
Come enjoy the thrill of victory and the hilarity of defeat! Back by popular demand, Buckeye Battledecks is a test of nerves and the ultimate challenge for a public speaker (or someone who just likes to talk). Have fun with your colleagues from around the state and see who will be crowned the Battledecks Champion.